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Updated 22 January 2018

Favourite activity among parents and their new-born babies

Gazing at each other in wonder for extended periods of time is a favourite activity among parents and their new-born babies. It’s an important early bonding mechanism and, as scientists at the University of Cambridge have recently demonstrated, it gets their brainwaves in sync. Using electroencephalography (EEG), they measured the brainwave patterns of 36 infants as they interacted with adults singing nursery rhymes and found that synchronisation of brainwaves was significantly increased when the two made eye contact, a process which researchers believe may improve communication and learning in babies.

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